Julia Soward
Covid St.


Un-commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
During pandemia I lived on a farm in southern Chile, we were enclosed for months on end and came into contact with almost nobody. I used to look a lot at the photography of Niall McDiarmid, and pore over the minutiae of British life. This illustration is an interpretation of one, but void of people or cars, as I imagined the outside world might be.

How was the illustration used:
I have no planned use of this illustration, but it could be appropriate for an editorial piece on the quarantine phase of the pandemic.

How did you make this work:
I did this illustration in Procreate, using all my layers and a lot of trial and error. The feature that allows you to know how much time you should have spent doing something else (like feed your children) told me it took 6 hours.

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Julia Soward is British, 48, and she has no formal art education. During pandemic she started doing the @stillherestilllife art challenge and since then has been drawing more and more. She has started working as a graphic designer since learning Adobe Illustrator by watching videos on YouTube, and works mainly making wine labels.